Steven Rowe, CEO of the Maine Community Foundation, speaks Thursday during the Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce breakfast. The philanthropic organization announced it had awarded $2,000 grants from its Androscoggin County Fund to two Lewiston-based nonprofits: the Center for Wisdom’s Women and the Somali-Bantu Community Association. Rowe said the foundation has awarded $12 million in grants and scholarships in Androscoggin County since the foundation’s inception in 1983. Alice Mogensen, chairwoman of the county fund’s advisers, said the two Lewiston grants were part of its 20th anniversary celebration. The Androscoggin County Fund was established in 1999. “These two organizations are shining examples of community building,” Mogensen said. “They invest in people, they use community assets and truly engage those who serve.” Andree Kehn/Sun Journal

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